UPS Freight improves transit times

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UPS Freight on Monday, Aug. 25, announced improved transit times on more than 1,200 traffic lanes originating in the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. This marks the second time in four months that the heavy freight division of UPS has enhanced its network.

“These enhancements are part of a continual process to add value for customers by improving the velocity of our network,” says UPS Freight President Jack Holmes. “We have reduced transit times on more than 10,000 lanes in the last 18 months.”

New two-day lanes now in effect include Chicago to Dallas, Boston to St. Louis and Philadelphia to Miami. The enhancements also expand the next-day footprint of UPS Freight; shipments moving from Cincinnati to Memphis, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio, to Charlotte, N.C., now will deliver overnight.

Other originating major markets with reduced transit times include Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York City and Newark, N.J. The faster transit times will bring cities as far as southern California, Arizona and Utah to within two and three days of these originating cities.

Earlier this year, UPS Freight announced new on-time performance guarantees; those guarantees will be extended to the new enhanced transit times at no additional cost.

“With the economy still in the doldrums, diesel prices rising to record levels and capacity issues emerging in the trucking industry, shippers need the guaranteed transportation services and technology tools provided by UPS to successfully run their businesses,” Holmes says.

In May, UPS Freight announced it had improved transit times on nearly 1,000 traffic lanes originating in metropolitan areas in the Southwest and Southeast to points across the United States. Specific lane enhancements and updated time-in-transit maps are available at